It’s mid April! Amazing how fast time seems to fly by when you’re having fun. Am I having fun? Now that’s a good question. Let me see now…as I sit here writing this little tome, my butt firmly planted on a concrete slab, I have to wonder. Looking around me, I note this day is typical of what you can expect for southwest Missouri. The temperature is in the mid sixties under clear skies. Of course that won’t stay that way very long, it being springtime and all. It seems the weather changes every few days from nice to not so nice, then comes summer and every day is hot and dry. Today, however, is a nice day and I’m out in a local park catching a few rays. Looking over by the river, I can see early bird fishermen who are here in large numbers as they try their hand fishing Taneycomo River. A river known for large mouth bass I think. As I sit here, the sun is warming my bones and the complex smells of spring fill my nostrils, OK, yes I’m having fun. This sure beats sitting in some office cubicle anyway. Just a year ago, this park was under water. The spring rains in aught eight were exceptional and the entire area was inundated. It was a situation that persisted for close to six months. When the waters finally receded, the ground was covered by a thick muck that turned to concrete when it dried. I produced a video on Youtube that documented this fairly well. I would have sworn that nothing in the way of grass was ever going to grow back on its own. I’m happy to say that I was wrong about that (I hope to do a new video later this month to show how much things have improved arounf here). Now, just a few weeks into spring, there is green stuff growing pretty much everywhere. On close inspection, it’s not really so much a true grass as it is a spreading of weeds, but at least it is green! Mother Nature can be very persistent when she wants to. Later this month if it gets into the seventies, I am hoping to get out here and do a little camping. Who knows maybe I’ll even catch a few fish.